Asian Lion

Found only in the Gir Forest of Gujarat, India. Critically endangered due to habitat loss, overhunting, and conflict with humans because of encroaching farms. Captive breeding in zoos was stopped because in the past Asiatic lions were interbred with African lions. India now breeds only pure native Asiatic lions. The Asiatic lion has a shorter mane than the African lion, so the ears are always visible. They also have a longitudinal fold of skin running along the belly. Prides are smaller, probably because prey is smaller and needs fewer hunters..

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